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Meridian Institute

US Department of State REDD+ Policy and Practice

External Project Site: merid.org/advancing-reddplus
Related: Climate Change and Energy, Environment and Natural Resources

Meridian Institute supported a team of expert authors led by Winrock International that developed options assessment reports and papers on critical REDD+ issues. (REDD+ refers to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, including the conservation and sustainable management of forests as well as the enhancement of forest carbon stocks.)

Meridian Institute facilitated the process to develop three reports/papers for this effort:

Partnering for Results: Public-Private Collaboration on Deforestation Free Supply Chains identified areas of cooperation between the private and public sectors that may help companies achieve their sustainability goals and support countries’ need to lower emissions from land use. The paper was informed by interviews the authors and Meridian held with more than a dozen industry and civil society representatives.

Land Use in a Future Climate Agreement sparked discussion among land use and negotiators for the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP); civil society and indigenous peoples representatives; and other interested stakeholders on the various options for including land use in a future agreement. The second report was presented during an unofficial side event to the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) meetings in June 2014 in Bonn, Germany.

Analysis of Approaches for REDD+ Verification helped inform the REDD+ discussions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at COP-19 in Warsaw, Poland.

This work was funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs to help advance thinking by stakeholders in support of the REDD+ negotiations.  However, the views expressed in the papers were solely those of the expert authors and are not in support of, nor reflecting, U.S. government positions.